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I have a separate website describing my fencing experience found at that I created August 2011.

I am the fencer on the right with my blade on my opponent.
Photograph by Michael Reiter, 2009



I enjoy taking both black and white as well as color pictures.
My interest in photography started in high school with photography
classes. I later joined the yearbook. In college, I was briefly involved
with the Harvard Crimson, the campus daily paper. Now it is mostly
pictures of my sons Andrew, Benjamin, and Christopher. I started 
shooting with a 35 mm Nikon F3 camera then upgraded to an F100 for
fast autofocus to to get pictures of my sons. The Fuji Finepix S2 Pro
digital SLR gave me fabulous pictures at 8 x 10 inches but did not have
a fast enough burst frame rate to keep up with the kids. I used the
Nikon D2x for about eight years before most recently upgrading to
a Nikon D4. It is fast and has amazing pictures. Resolution is
equivalent to 35 mm film. Since moving to digital photography my 
pictures have certainly improved. The digital format is also wonderful 
for instant gratification.

In April of 2005 I had the opportunity to display some pictures at the
Starbucks Coffee Shop in Washington Square, Brookline, MA. The prints
I displayed are linked here.
I won first prize in the Proctor Arts Fest 2007 for my piece titled "Castle
Geyser" in the photography section. The picture is displayed in my link
under Photo.
Please visit my photography gallery that was opened August 2008.

Typography and Design
I have enjoyed typography, layout, and design since high school 
with my involvement in the yearbook. I was also involved with 
designing the layout and style of a publication called Lighthouse 
Magazine during college which was a lot of fun. A sample of my  
design work is available. In medical school I edited and designed 
The Kit which served as a student to student guide for first 
year students as vice-president of the student council. A brief 
attempt at a small business called fi design studios was a great 
experience and gave me a reason to design brochures,  
information packets, and other business-oriented products. I  
enjoy reading magazines, books, and other printed materials  
looking at both content and style. The best graphics and design 
products have been by Adobe Systems, and I continue to enjoy  
using their excellent products.

Web Design
Web Design
This has been a fun web site to develop. Some of the details about
the history of this web page are noted at the bottom of the initial
home page. For me it allows me always to have access to my
favorite links. Andrew's Page was what started it all; I wanted to
share Andrew's pictures with family and friends. Benjamin
has continued my interest in maintaining an updated web site as
I want to share his pictures, too. Benjamin's Page is one of my
favorite links. I will be busy updating Christopher's Page as he grows.

I was very excited when I learned how to register a domain name
at Network Solutions. An alternative site which I hear will often
send the registration information to Network Solutions but which
provides additional information for sites already taken is To register for a .md site you need to register through
Moldova at register.MD.

This home page was initially designed with Adobe PageMill 3.0,
Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, and
Adobe Illustrator 8.0.1 on a Dell Dimension Pentium III running
Windows 98 SE. The handouts in PDF format were designed in
Adobe PageMaker 6.5. Most recently I have upgraded my
system to Windows XP Home Edition. I also switched to Microsoft
FrontPage 2000 for my web layout.


My Schools 

Lakeside High School
Graduated in 1990. Loved the experience. Still have many 
friends I keep in touch with from high school. Both the original
Batman and Bill Gates graduated from Lakeside. Robert Fulgum,
author of Everything I Needed to Learn I Learned in Kindergarten,
was an art teacher at my school and retired from teaching after
he got his New York Times bestseller.

Harvard College
Graduated in 1994. Lived in Cabot House. Met my wife there.
Studied biology. Involved with Lighthouse Magazine layout,
Harvard Crimson photography, Harvard Computer Review editor,
varsity fencing in epee, and intramural rowing. Wonderful friends
and wonderful education.

Yale School of Medicine
Graduated in 1998. A school with wonderful people. New Haven
has the best pizza I have ever tasted. It is thin crust and very
yummy. Go to Pepe's Pizza or The Spot (owned by the same
family) for superb pizza. The white clam pizza is a favorite.
BAR has super pizzas as well and have interesting toppings
such as mashed potato.


Electronics and Shopping 

Computers & Electronics
The most useful site I found in comparing various products and
prices is CNET. I got a Toshiba laptop during an after Christmas
sale in 2003 for $599 though I had to stand in the freezing cold 
for 5 hours to get the deal. I'll probably not do that again. I built
my desktop in 2005 which is an Intel Pentium IV Prescott 2.8 with
a RAID setup using two 37 gigabyte Raptor SATA hard drives.
The Radeon 9800XT video card is blazing fast but hot. The system
has an additional removable 160 gigabyte secondary hard drive,
DVD +/- RW drive, and CD-RW drive. Good places to shop for
supplies and software are PC Connection, New Egg, and
Microcenter for the hard core geek! For imported Japanese
products check out Dynamism which is pretty wild! My most recent
computers are a Lenovo T430 for work.



The best series I have read in my adult life is the Twilight Saga by
Stephenie Meyer. Like, OMG!!! I also liked Marley and Me by John
Grogan, perhaps because I have a yellow Labrador retriever. 
Harry Potter by JK Rowling is a fun series and great to read to the 
kids. But I'm not just all fun and vampires. The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand made a big impact on me. I enjoyed reading President
Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope. Alan Greenspan's memoir, The
Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World was also terrific.

I played chess in high school with a peak rating of approximately
1750. To give away my secrets, I like the Reti, the English, and the
Sicilian Dragon openings. As a resident, when I had time I enjoyed
the Excite game rooms for a quick game of chess. The kids learned
chess in November 2007 and for a while we played nearly every
day. During one of the kids' chess tournaments they allowed adults
to sign up to fill-out the high school unrated division and I won the
section (beating two chess coaches, a dad, and two high school kids).
My peak rating is 2007 (expert) with a current rating of 1858.

National Public Radio
My wife and I support National Public Radio. We listened to WBUR in 
Boston. We enjoy KUOW and KPLU in Tacoma. We particularly enjoy
the stories on This American Life. Car Talk is a fun show, too, and
they have a great web site. I have recently come across WireTap
which is a lot of fun.

Music and Audio Books
Though my musical tastes span many decades, I find it hard to
keep up with the latest music. I do enjoy my iPod which holds an
amazing amount of music as well as Audible books. I have really
enjoyed Sirius satellite radio and hope the company stays
solvent...particularly since I have a lifetime subscription.

Computer Gaming
I enjoyed Halflife2 and its mods, specifically CounterStrike which
is an multiplayer, on-line, first person shooter. There are two teams--
terrorists and counter-terrorists--who battle it out and try to achieve
certain objectives. This game is certainly not very relaxing but a lot
of fun. My best record is 130 out of a total of 16,000 players ranked.

My wife and I also played Diablo II Expansion Pack. We finished 
the original Diablo together. I was using an advanced Necromancer,
and she was using an advanced Sorceress. Now my boys are working
their way through the world of Diablo III together. Though an old
game, it is still very fun.


Favorite Restaurants 

 Bar CT 203-495-1111  Mashed potato pizza.
 Cooke's Seafood MA 508-775-0450  Delicious lobster rolls.
 Din Tai Fung WA multiple  The dumplings are delicious.
 Fugakyu MA 617-734-1268  Try the omakase.
 Ginza MA 617-566-9688  Yummy Japanese.
 Mike's Pastry MA 617-742-3050  Best pastries in the world. 
 Pepe's Pizza CT 203-865-5762  White clam pizza.
 Union League Cafe CT 203-772-2053  Confit de canard. Quack.
 Yea's Wok WA 425-644-5546  Chinese menu


Dream menu  
 Appetizer  Lobster Shop  Crab Cakes
 Appetizer  Etoile  Steak Tartare
 Soup  Ivar's  Clam chowder
 Burgers  In-N-Out Burger  Cheeseburger
 Fries  Old Hickory  Garlic truffle fries
 Mexican fast food  Taco Time  Crisp beef burrito
 Lunch entree  Union League Cafe  Confit de canard
 Pizza   Pepe's Pizza  White clam pizza 
 Tempura  Ginza  Tempura
 Lobster roll   Cooke's Seafood  Lobster roll
 Chef's choice   Fugakyu  Omakase
 Dumplings  Din Tai Fung  Pork dumplings
 Dessert cheese  No. 9 Park  Various selections
 Dessert  Mike's Pastry  Anything is yummy


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